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  1. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    My msg on forgiveness on 4/30 brought some discussion, and I am sure this is what sub-moa was addressing, Jack -
    And it is a good point, too -

    An ancient Chinese proberb says
    "When beginning a journey of vengence, start by digging two graves; one for your enemy and one for yourself."

    On the other hand, it feels SO good to smack someone who so desperately deserves it -
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    this always leads me to ask , what is vengence? but i dont think this is the thread to discuss it, and i have a very different aspect from most ..

    and most Christian folks in know shrink from it bigtime ..
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    Like Jesus said in Matt. 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

    But in this world, I all too often fall way short on that score.


    Patriotism is also a rare commodity in the UK, and it grieves me.

    Thanks, Terry.
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  4. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Today is the National Day of Prayer here in the US.

    A day set aside for prayer as a nation was first called for by the Continental Congress in 1775.

    John Adams called for one on May 9th, 1798.

    Lincoln called for one on April 30th, 1863, at which time he said "...it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."

    On April 17, 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer must be declared by each following president at an appropriate date of his choice.

    In his 1983 declaration, Ronald Reagan said, "From General Washington's struggle at Valley Forge to the present, this Nation has fervently sought and received divine guidance as it pursued the course of history. This occasion provides our Nation with an opportunity to further recognize the source of our blessings, and to seek His help for the challenges we face today and in the future."

    In 1988, the law was amended so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May.

    Presidents Reagan, George H. W and George W. Bush all hosted special events at the white house on the national day of prayer. President Clinton did not held any such events, and thus far neither has President Obama. Both presidents did, however, issue the annual proclamation of this day, as required by the law which was passed in 1952.

    We should pray often:
    1 Chronicles 16:11 (KJV);
    Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

    But it is good for us, as a nation, to have one special day on which we can all join together and seek the blessings of God on our nation, and the influence and directing of God for our leaders.
    2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV);
    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    May God bless each one of you, and may He bless the country we live in - wherever in the world we are living.
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    [QUOTE: Lincoln called for one on April 30th, 1863, at which time he said "...it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord."

    I truly believe this is why our country is so far off track. If you seek the Lords way you will have humility, morals and ethics. Things will not change untill we have and hold those values. Patriotism wil naturally will be there with these values. God has changed my life in so many good ways, I have had a change of life illness and it has opened so many doors that I don't think I would have stepped through with out Gods help :)
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    Amen, Terry.
    Prayer for our countries is one of the best ways to show patriotism.
  7. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There is an ancient legend that Abraham invited into his tent a man, who at mealtime gave no thanks to God for His mercy. Whereupon the patriarch drove him forth into the desert unfed and unsheltered.

    But in the night God touched Abraham and awoke him, saying to him, "Where is the stranger?"

    Abraham said, "When he did not fear you, nor thank you, I drove him forth."

    God rebuked him, saying, "Who made you his judge: I have borne with him all these years. Could you not bear with him one night? Have you learned nothing from my mercy to you?”

    How about you, Christian?
    Do you look down your nose at the people at the next table in the restaurant who do not bow their heads over their food before they eat it? Do you pass judgment on those you see driving past the church on Sunday with a speed boat on a trailer, heading for the lake? Do you look at those who do not have their windows filled with Christmas decorations in December and decide that they simply are not worth bothering with, since they are obviously not Christians?
    That is not for you to decide. Remember this old legend; God has been with you your entire life and has never given up on you, so you can find the strength to put up with people for the brief period that you are called upon to do, and treat them civilly. How can you claim the promise of God’s everlasting love if you cannot even do this for your fellow man?
    Jesus told us:

    Mark 12:29-31 (KJV);
    And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

    May God bless each one of us with the desire for civility, and patience with the idiots He asks us to deal with.
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    Like the Book says, who are we not to forgive, when we've been forgiven so much. If it weren't for God'a grace I'd still be in the dark, too.
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    The religious people of the day tried to put Jesus down because He spent time with the sinners. His response was that He came to seek and to save the lost. The (spiritually) "healthy" people didn't need the physician, it was the (spiritually) sick and dying that He came to help.

    Thanks, Terry
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    "God rebuked him, saying, "Who made you his judge: I have borne with him all these years. Could you not bear with him one night? Have you learned nothing from my mercy to you?”

    Wow. Thanks for today's message Terry. It caught my attention like a bop on the noggin. I read it and thought, man.... I've got some room for improvement. A real eye opener.

    Terry, you clearly have a gift for directing God's word to us in a straightforward, practical manner. Routinely, your writings apply directly to my day-to-day life. It is very much appreciated. I believe God is using you to further His plan.

    May God bless you and yours.

    Krogen
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    Guys, I really appreciate your support in this thread. Your words of encouragement mean a great deal to me.

    Krogan, I would be downright amazed if I did not understand that we are ALL tuned to the same broadcast - -

    Little Raymond returned home from Sunday school in a joyous mood.

    “My,” his mother said. “You certainly must have enjoyed Sunday School today!

    ”Oh, Mother," he exclaimed with obvious pleasure, "The superintendent said something awfully nice about me in his prayer today."

    "Isn't that wonderful!" said the mother. "What did he say?"

    He said, "Oh Lord, we thank Thee for food and Raymond," replied the lad.

    Well, little Raymond had never heard the word ‘Raiment’ before, and I am sure his mother told him what the superintendent really said in his prayer. I am sure that little Raymond was sorely disappointed to discover his error.
    But there is a real application in this little story. What a wonderful thing indeed it is to even imagine that someone is thanking God for us! We have all had those special times when we are impressed to do something for someone else; we may feel that God told us to do it, that the Holy Spirit led us to do it, or that we just felt that we should do it. Often times, we don’t think about it at all – we just do it and go on. Often, we will never discover how much our small help meant to the person involved. But then again, there are very special times when we learn later just how much our reaching out a hand actually meant to someone when they were in need. At such times, we should drop our head, and thank God for using such an imperfect tool as we are to accomplish something good.

    The Word of God tells us to walk the walk, not just talk the talk:
    1 John 3:17-18 (KJV);
    But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

    Again, guys, thank you for the support -
    And may God bless each and every one of you -
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    Yep. Definitely the same broadcast. I just appreciate that you tune the channel, sharpen the picture and adjust the volume. (grin)

    Krogen
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    Krogen, sometimes I need to twist the rabbit ears, too - - -
    LOL!!

    Nurses Week begins today and runs through May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightengale. Today, the first day of Nurses Week, has been designated as Nurses Day. The opinions of nurses very widely, probably depending on what kind of nursing care you have received.

    Some folks remember the one who had to stab them eight times with a dull needle before they could find a vein to get a blood sample.

    Others remember the smile, the warm and comforting words, and the complete assurance they felt that they were in excellent hands.

    Confucius said “Man who want pretty nurse must be patient!”
    I can say with perfect assurance that the looks of a nurse mean nothing when you need medical care.

    W.C.Fields said “After two days in the hospital, I took a turn for the nurse!”
    I can say with similar assurance that if your thoughts are on wooing your nurse, you are not very sick.

    Dag Hammarskjold said “Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.”
    At last, we have a quote that actually fits what nurses are all about. They are highly trained care givers whose purpose is to bring comfort to people who are not in a good mood since they are either sick or injured.

    God speaks condemnation against those who do not bring comfort to the sick:
    Ezekiel 34:4 (KJV);
    “The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken . . .”

    This condemnation makes it clear that God desires that we strengthen the diseased, heal the sick and bind up that which is broken. This is is a very good description of what a nurse does, don't you think?

    If you know any nurses, give them a call today and thank them for the work they do. And even if you do not know any, we can all include nurses in our prayers this day, asking that God bless them for the work they do.

    And may God bless each and every one of you -
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    A crowded gathering of distinguished scientists had been listening spellbound to an excellent presentation by Michael Faraday. For an hour he had held his brilliant audience enthralled as he demonstrated the nature and properties of the magnet. Faraday was one of the pioneers in investigation of magnetism, and was the foremost authority on it in his day. His accomplishments were so great that the unit of measure of capacitance was named after him; the Farad. He had brought his lecture to a close with an experiment so novel, so bewildering, and so triumphant, that for some time after he resumed his seat, the house rocked with enthusiastic applause.

    The Prince of Wales—afterwards King Edward VII—rose to propose a motion of congratulations. The resolution, having been duly seconded, was carried with renewed thunders of applause.

    Suddenly the uproar ceased and a strange silence settled over the audience. The assembly waited for Faraday's reply.

    The room was silent. Faraday did not appear.

    Only his most intimate friends knew what had become of him. He was an elder in a little church about the size of Bethany. As soon as Faraday had concluded his lecture, he had hurriedly departed the lecture hall in order to get to his church before the prayer meeting started.

    Where are the Faraday’s today? One can peruse the halls of academia today in vain searching for a dedicated Christian. We have entered an era in which Science and Christianity are viewed as being on opposite sides of a dividing wall, and that perception is completely wrong. The greatest scientists the world has ever known understood completely that they were investigating the creation of almighty God, and seeking to understand the principles along which he had set all things into motion.

    The Word of God tells us what to do when the words of a scientist are contrary to the words of God:
    1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV);
    O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

    My friend Prof. John Davison died last Thursday, and I would appreciate your prayers for his family.
    John was a distinguished scientist with the highest qualifications in the field of Biology, and he exposed the gross errors in Darwinism because he understood fully that life does not come from non-life through any possible natural process, and he understood completely that complex systems can not develop on their own through any natural process. Prof. Davisons scientific work did NOT contradict the plain words of God. And such a scientist is rare today in a world where scientists speak atheism in order to be PC.

    May God bless each one of you -
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    with all the technology for spying on folks like tempest and the like Mr Faraday left behind a thing strangly one he did patent then withfrew leaving it open but unclaimable in the future

    the faraday cage

    an impenetrable barrier to electronic eve's dropping ..
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    Science is God's area. He created everything we as scientists study, and He has hidden things for us to discover and put to use. It's part of his mandate to Adam and Eve to "fill the earth and subdue it". It's interesting to see how far people had progressed in science, the arts, and other areas, before the flood--in the first few generations of man's existance on this earth, the first five chapters of Genesis. Satan has infiltrated science, and everything else he can to spoil it, twist it, and pervert God's creation.
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    And how do we LEARN those things?
    Education.
    And our formal education we get in school.
    And this, the first full week in May, is designated Teacher Appreciation Week, and Tuesday of that week – today – is National Teachers Day. Everyone has memories of certain teachers. Some remember the teacher as the ugly woman with a ruler that cracked their knuckles for no good reason. Some remember the beautiful lady they had a secret crush on, who helped them understand all things. Some remember the guy who thought all boys should learn how to fight, so staged fights in the back of the room. Some remember the one who, when caught in an error, would fly into a rage over it. Personally, I remember one of each of these.

    But think about it. The Teacher today stands in the gap between the parents who want one thing and the government that often demands the opposite. They are faced with a classroom in which the majority of students have never had any discipline whatsoever, and do not understand the meaning of “No!” They are pushed by one faction to crack on the kids and keep them in line and by another faction to allow them to express themselves in any way they choose. They stand in the gap between those who demand they never mention reproduction and those who expect them to teach the kids how to use a condom. And they do all of this for below average pay.
    Arnold Toynbee, in A Study of History said that we are “never more than one generation from barbarism". That is because every child is born a barbarian, and must be educated into becoming a civilized person. We depend on the teachers to perform this miraculous transformation.

    Remember that teacher that had such a positive effect on your life? Think about them today. If you can, give them a call or send them a card or e-mail, and say “Thank you!” for what they did for you.

    Remember that teacher who treated you completely unfairly? It is your duty as a Christian to forgive them.

    Scripture speaks often of the importance of education:
    Proverbs 19:20 (KJV);
    Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

    Thank you, Miss Serino, for engendering in me an unquenchable desire to learn. Were it possible, I would give you a hug this morning.

    And Mrs. Guthrie, I forgive you for being a sadist who had no business dealing with children. Were it possible, I would send you a glass of ice water, as I am sure you could use it in your present location.

    There I go again - -

    May God bless all teachers today, and each person here.
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    When I went back to my 30 yr reunion, I looked up quite a few teachers and coaches that were still around! It was actually the highlight of my trip! I had an English Lit teacher who lived a block from where we lived. She used her own time to help me read better and it opened up a whole new word for me. She is one that I will never forget!!! My wife and I stayed and talked for 2 hrs, she actually told me that comming by and telling her that made her year instead of day! If you have the chance to tell your former teachers how they helped you please do, it is worth the effort!!:):):):)
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    Cutter is right, guys -
    I waited too long - they are all gone now.

    For today:

    What do you do when you are in trouble? Who do you turn to when you are besieged on every side by those that seek to harm you? In an emergency, do you look for glass to break, as the old fire-alarms used to say?

    As Christians, we are to follow the example of Jesus Christ; He shows us what we are supposed to be doing. What did He do in every such situation? He prayed! Prayer was not just his regular habit, but his resort in every emergency, however small or great. When perplexed he prayed. When hard pressed by work he prayed. When hungry for fellowship he communed with our Father in prayer. He chose his associates and received his messages through communication in prayer. When he was tempted, he prayed. When he found himself criticized, he prayed. On those occasions when he was fatigued in body or wearied in spirit, his one unfailing habit was prayer. Prayer brought him unmeasured power at the beginning, and kept the flow unbroken and undiminished throughout his ministry here on this earth. There was no emergency, no difficulty, no need, no temptation that would not yield to prayer for Jesus then, nor for us today.

    Just a few of the times that Jesus prayed were:

    Mark 1:35 (KJV);
    "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed."

    Mark 6:46 (KJV);
    "And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray."

    Luke 5:16 (KJV);
    "And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed."

    And, on the final night before the time of his suffering and death, he prayed again in
    Luke 22:41-42 (KJV);
    "And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."

    How about you?
    When do you pray?
    Only when the world is falling apart, or upon every occasion possible?

    May God bless you, guys -
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    Thanks for the reminder, Terry.

    Teachers have played an important part in my life...Mom was a teacher. She was one of those firm but fair ones, and at one time was putting over half the grades on her students' report cards.

    Nurses have played an important part in my life...my wife is the equivalent of an RN with the additional training to be a midwife, which puts her on about the same level as a Physician's Assistant.

    David also set the pace in praying, and the Psalms he wrote are his prayers. They cover a the entire gamut of situations and emotions, and do so in a way God approves. We can't go far wrong in reading, or singing, God's words back to him as a prayer.
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